computer misuse act

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reasons for the act being introduced:

  • as computer use grew computer fraud increased and created new problems like how to deal with delibrate access or damage to data
  • hacking (breaking into someones system without permission) which is done sometimes for fun or to steal data or to damage a system
  • prosecuting hackers was difficult as existing laws on theft didn't cover hacking

The computer misuse act has 3 levels:

Level 1- unauthorised access to computer material:

  • e.g. hacking and piracy
  • viewing dara you're not permittied to see or illegally copying programs
  • maximum penalty- 6 months in jail or  an maximum fine of £5000 or both

Level 2- unauthorised access with intent to


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